The Storm of 2010

Career-wise, I was fine and moving up.

Mentally, I was getting chewed up.

Sprinkled in were moments of happiness, but mostly moments of sadness, bittersweet opportunity, and resolve.

Let's just say that these songs remind me of sleeping at my godsister's couch in her condo in the winter of LB, using OKCupid to find a date (I know it shouldn't be stigmatized, but I feel dirty and slightly pathete admitting that), and the actual rainstorms that closed out 2010 in Southern California.

I'm reminded of Metro subway station and looking at an old flame and her new beau.

As did this song. This song also reminded me of a lonely Christmas and New Years.

Tribute to DDL Roundhouse

Came to the party late because DDL Roundhouse came together for the last time on July 16th in Pasadena. This also marked the very first time I saw them live.

DDL Roundhouse had a bunch of elements --- a nine-piece band: a DJ, a drummer, a keyboardist, a singer, MC's, a bassist, a guitarist, a trumpeteer.

From what I remember reading an old description, their name is based on a Street Fighter move --- the Hurricane Kick executed by the characters Ryu and Ken. DDL Roundhouse stands for the buttons you'd press to execute the most powerful hurricane kick. "DDL" stands for Down, Down, Left, and the Roundhouse is the Roundhouse kick, the button C if you had a Sega Genesis.

They were an LA-based group and cranked out jazzy hip-hop. I really think that they deserved better promotion, and more shows.

I'm proud to say I went to school and was friends with what was their keyboardist and resident beatboxer --- Jason. Surely enough his last show brought me back with a few of my high school buds from way.

I really liked a few of their songs and overdid the replay button on a few:

The one below was my favorite.

Hopefully DDL's just kidding about the final show and this was just the start to get serious about marketing themselves more.